November, 2018

IN THE NEWS: PM KHAN UNVEILS 4-PRONGED STRATEGY TO PULL NATION OUT OF ‘QUAGMIRE OF LOANS’ (NOVEMBER 21, 2018)

Written by admin on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten PM Khan unveils 4-pronged strategy to pull nation out of ‘quagmire of loans’ SOURCE: Dawn Wednesday, November 21, 2018 The prime minister, while addressing the Pakistani community in Malaysia where he is currently on a two-day official visit, said that the government was committed to uplift the […]

IN THE NEWS: THE PRIVATIZATION OF WAR IN AFGHANISTAN (NOVEMBER 21, 2018)

Written by admin on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten The Privatization of War in Afghanistan SOURCE: Daily Outlook Afghanistan Wednesday, November 21, 2018 By ABDUL QAHAR BAKHSHI Private military industries in the US are behind the proposal of privatization of the war in Afghanistan. Erik D. Prince, the founder of the Blackwater Worldwide private military company, […]

IN THE NEWS: FALSE CLAIMS HAVE ADDED INSULT TO THE INJURY: PM KHAN (NOVEMBER 20, 2018)

Written by admin on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten False claims have added insult to the injury: PM SOURCE: Daily Times Tuesday, November 20, 2018 * Imran challenges Trump to name another ally that gave such sacrifices in US war on terror * Pakistan will now do what is best for its people and interests ISLAMABAD: […]

IN THE NEWS: UN AGENCY REPORTS SHARP DROP IN AFGHAN OPIUM PRODUCTION (NOVEMBER 20, 2018)

Written by admin on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten UN Agency Reports Sharp Drop In Afghan Opium Production SOURCE: Gandhara Tuesday, November 20, 2018 *Opium production in Afghanistan dropped by 29 percent last year, the United Nations anti-drug agency reported, a decrease attributed mainly to a severe drought The United Nations Office for Drugs and Crime […]

IN THE NEWS: US SPECIAL ENVOY ‘CAUTIOUSLY OPTIMISTIC’ ABOUT TALIBAN DEAL (NOVEMBER 19, 2018)

Written by admin on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten US special envoy ‘cautiously optimistic’ about Taliban deal SOURCE: Asia Times Monday, November 19, 2018 By ASIA TIMES STAFF Zalmay Khalilzad, the United States special envoy, is hopeful that the Taliban and the Afghan government can strike a peace deal within five months, despite the militant group […]

IN THE NEWS: KREMLIN BRINGS KABUL AND TALIBAN TO THE TABLE (NOVEMBER 19, 2018)

Written by admin on Monday, November 19th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Kremlin brings Kabul and Taliban to the table SOURCE: Asia Times Monday, November 19, 2018 By GIOVANNI PIGNI *Despite failing to reach an agreement, the Moscow-sponsored talks represent a diplomatic coup for the Russians “A modest first step in restoring full-fledged negotiations between Kabul and the Taliban.” […]

IN THE NEWS: THE MEDINA PROJECT (NOVEMBER 18, 2018)

Written by admin on Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten The Medina project SOURCE: The News on Sunday Sunday, November 18, 2018 By AFIYA ZIA *Pakistan is at the mercy of yet another experimentation in the relationship between state and religion In its first hundred days, the PTI government has demonstrated a single consistency — at every […]

IN THE NEWS: DREAMS AND EXPECTATIONS (NOVEMBER 18, 2018)

Written by admin on Sunday, November 18th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Dreams and expectations SOURCE: Dawn Sunday, November 18, 2018 By MUHAMMAD AMIR RANA LED largely by a jubilant CPEC discourse in recent years, Pakistan-China ties have entered a review and rationalisation phase. The outcome of this process has yet to be seen, but it has already started […]

IN THE NEWS: WHY ARE THE TALIBAN ATTACKING HAZARAS IN AFGHANISTAN? (NOVEMBER 17, 2018)

Written by admin on Saturday, November 17th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten Why Are The Taliban Attacking Hazaras In Afghanistan? SOURCE: Gandhara Saturday, November 17, 2018 (Posted) By ASMATULLAH SARWAN and ABUBAKAR SIDDIQUE For nearly 18 years, Afghanistan’s hard-line Islamist Taliban movement largely refrained from attacking the country’s predominately Shi’ite Hazara minority. But the Taliban recently began targeting Hazara-inhabited […]

IN THE NEWS: IMF FOR CONTROLLING TRADE DEFICIT, INCREASING TAX COLLECTION (NOVEMBER 16, 2018)

Written by admin on Friday, November 16th, 2018

Selected by Olivier Immig & Jan van Heugten IMF for controlling trade deficit, increasing tax collection SOURCE: The nation Friday, November 16, 2018 By IMRAN ALI KUNDI ISLAMABAD – Talks between Pakistan and International Monetary Fund (IMF) for new loan programme continued on Thursday as the visiting delegation met with the officials of ministry of […]